Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)- Bangladesh’s internet users reached to 33.43 million at the end of April this year thanks to mobile technology driving internet penetration, officials said.
There are two types of internet users-mobile and broadband- in the country. Of them hovering around 95 percent people (31.33 million) use internet through mobile network and remained (1.71 million) used broadband internet, according to the state-run Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) statistics.
A mobile company official said operators normally submitted the data of active internet users who has the minimum connectivity with the internet by 90 days.
Six mobile phone companies and two Wimax operators are mainly rolling out across the country by offering different kinds of internet package, thinking the demand of the people.
“The penetration will go up rapidly after introduction of 3G (third generation) technology,” an expert said.
Currently, telecom operator Grameenphone is leading the sector with 10 million internet subscribers followed by Banglalink 9.7 million, Robi 4.4 million, Airtel 2.8 million, Citycell 0.3 million and Teletalk 0.255 million.
Besides, internet service providers (ISPs) and PSTN (public switched telephone network) operators have around 1.22 million users while two wimax operators-Banglalion and Qubee- have 0.49 million internet connectivity.